‘Pregnant’ Black Woman Received FIVE TIMES by Kansas City Police Searching for Stolen Car
Kansas City police shot a black woman who was reportedly pregnant multiple times while searching for a stolen vehicle on Friday.
Authorities say officers in two cars were following up on a call about an armed carjacking just before 8 p.m. Friday after dispatchers provided officers with a description of the vehicle and license plate.
Officers then apparently saw the vehicle with two suspects inside in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store on Sixth Avenue and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City, and approached.
At that point, authorities say, the driver fled northeast as two officers gave chase, and 26-year-old Leonna Hale got out of the car and allegedly told officers there was a gun in the car.
Two officers proceeded to shoot Hale, authorities say, and she suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital, where she is reportedly in stable condition.
Leonna Hale, 26, was seen with blood stains on her shirt when a Kansas City police officer handcuffed her on Friday night.
Hale appeared to be lying in a pool of blood when officers handcuffed her.
Authorities say two officers shot Hale while investigating a carjacking
Video taken by a nearby witness showed her lying on the ground in a pool of blood as more officers arrived at the scene, with one handcuffing her.
The woman who took the video, who only identified herself as Shedanja to the kansas city starhe said Hale had her hands up and informed officers at the scene that she was pregnant before shooting.
Meanwhile, the male suspect, who has not yet been named, was also taken to a local hospital for an unrelated medical issue. KCTV reports.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is now investigating the shooting as it is protocol for an outside agency to investigate officer-involved shootings and, FOX 4 The two officers involved in the shooting have reportedly been placed on administrative leave.
Shedanja was buying gas and ice cream nearby when the shooting happened, he told the Kansas City Star.
She said she first heard officers yell ‘Get out of the car’ at two people who were in the vehicle parked next to hers, and the driver fled before Hale got out of his vehicle with his hands up.
The officers then approached Hale and reportedly told her to get on the ground, but she replied that she was pregnant and could not get on the ground.
Still, Shedanja said, the police asked her to come down several times.
Hale then responded that there was a gun in the vehicle, Shedanja told the Star, and began backing toward a fence in the parking lot.
That’s when, Shedanja said, the officers approached him with guns drawn.
“She didn’t pull a gun on them,” Shedanja recalled to the Star. She didn’t even have a stick in her hand.
She said officers then shot Hale five times.
“One, two, three, four, five,” Shedanja recounted. I remember because she didn’t stop. They fired five times.
“I remember seeing her fall to the ground and I froze.”
A witness, who only identified himself as Shedanja, said Hale had his hands up and ran three steps before he was shot.
Shedanja said Hale did not have a gun when officers fired
Shedanja took video of the aftermath showing Hale lying on the ground outside the Family Dollar store at Sixth Avenue and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City.
She could be seen apparently crawling after she was injured in the shooting.
Shedanja later decided to shoot video showing Hale on the ground with blood on her shirt as police officers surrounded her and closed off the parking lot.
One of the officers appeared to handcuff Hale as he lay on the ground and tried to crawl.
“They handcuffed her while everyone was being shot,” Shedanja says in the video, explaining that she is originally from Louisiana and Arkansas and was visiting the city when the scene unfolded.
I stopped here to get gas, and my son just saw this. My one year old just saw this! My 10 year old just saw this! And my 13 year old just saw this.
“She was willing to cooperate,” Shedanja says of Hale. ‘She got scared, she ran over there, they shot her.’
He ran and they shot him one, two, three, four.
The cops soon tell Shedanja to leave the premises, but she replies that her children are still at the store buying ice cream.
Shedanja later shared the video on Facebook, writing, “When he got out of the car, he raised his hands and was talking to them to show that he didn’t have a gun in his hand.” She ran three steps when she got scared that everyone was coming at her with guns to their faces.
“That’s when she was shot so many times,” Shedanja wrote, adding: “Keep in mind she was chased [boyfriend] who jumped out of the vehicle and was captured uninjured… while she was left there in the street literally still near the vehicle she got out of.
“I’m literally in shock the entire video!” she wrote. “I’m a full medical assistant, and it’s literally not how you handle a gunshot victim who’s pregnant.”
Police remained at the scene of the Family Dollar parking lot Friday night.
Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Andy Bell said a gun was found near the vehicle, but did not check to see if Hale had the gun when officers fired.
Andy Bell, a spokesman for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, later told reporters at the scene that “there was a gun” near the vehicle, but would not say whether the victim was holding it at the time of the shooting, citing ” intricate details.” that you have to follow up.
“Everything is going to be analyzed, to be examined by our officers,” he said, noting that they will review body camera footage of the incident.
Meanwhile, Acting Police Chief Joseph Mabin told reporters the department would be fully transparent with the highway patrol as the investigation into the shooting takes place.
“We never want to be in these kinds of situations, not the public, not the police department,” he said. “Any time something like this happens, it plagues our community.”